Bel Air man named as Cross Keys shooter

Apparent robbery target killed city man

March 19, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN | MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER

Police identified a gas station owner yesterday as the person who fatally shot a 22-year-old Baltimore man during a botched robbery Friday in the Village of Cross Keys shopping center in North Baltimore.

Mark A. Beckwith, 57, of the 1000 block of Glenangus Drive in Bel Air fatally wounded Keith D. Love of the 500 block of Yale Ave. just before 2 p.m. Friday, according to Officer Troy Harris, a Police Department spokesman.

Beckwith did not return calls yesterday.

Harris said police arrested and charged another man who was slightly wounded during the shooting. Corey A. Mcleaurin, 29, entered the University of Maryland Medical Center on Friday with a gunshot wound to his hand and was discharged yesterday afternoon.

Two other men, including the driver of a getaway vehicle, were being sought by police. Harris said police did not have descriptions of the men to release publicly.

Beckwith has not been charged with a crime. A investigation into the shooting was continuing, Harris said.

Investigators confiscated the handgun used by Beckwith in the shooting. Harris declined to say what kind of weapon it is.

Police offered no new details about the outdoor shooting at Cross Keys, a shopping plaza off Falls Road that features upscale retailers like Williams-Sonoma. Police believe that it was in front of the kitchen supply store that Beckwith opened fire after he fought off attackers and grabbed his gun from his car.

Police said Friday they believed Beckwith was on his way to the Columbia Bank to make a deposit when he was attacked by three men. He was carrying the gun legally, police said.

According to a 1997 Sun article, Beckwith quit his banking job to join partners in running a Timonium gas station. He also owned gas stations in East Baltimore, according to the article

In 2001, a group of masked thieves stole an automated teller machine from Beckwith's 28th Street Mobile Mart in the 2700 block of Sisson St., according to another article.

"It just isn't worth having an ATM," Beckwith told The Sun at the time.

matthew.dolan@baltsun.com

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